Looking for ways to curb those sweet or salty food cravings? These 5 Easy Ways to Curb Food Cravings will show you some ideas along with healthier options!
If you are trying to lose weight or eat healthier, one of the hardest things is to curb those cravings. I like savory and salty things, and many people crave sweets. If you try to totally give them up, you put yourself at risk of indulging in them when your willpower runs out. This can leave you feeling guilty and ultimately feel like a failure.
The truth is, there are ways to curb sweet, salty, and savory cravings that are simple and work for me. So I hope some of them can work for you! Here are my 5 Easy Ways to Curb Food Cravings when you are trying to eat healthier.
5 Easy Ways to Curb Food Cravings
Chew sugar free gum or hard candy. Whenever that sweet craving hits, I try to eat some sugar free candy or chew some sugar free gum. It gives me something to chew on and I get a little bit of sweet flavor as well. If you have gum in your mouth, it makes it hard to eat something else, after all! I go for brands and flavors that contain xylitol as the sweetener ingredient because it promotes healthy teeth by stimulating the salivary glads. It also is incredibly low-glycemic.
Take a supplement with the proper minerals. If you are like me and you crave salty things, you may actually be lacking in minerals in your body. Often what we crave can be an indicator of things our body is needing. Try to take a daily supplement with magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium for a while and see if this helps lower your cravings.
Try eating nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are a great high-protein and savory/salty alternative to things that are less healthy like potato chips. Pistachios, I find, are especially good for this particular craving for me because they take ‘work’ to get into with the shells so I get to enjoy them longer. Pistachios are also full of good minerals and you can often find them in low sodium varieties with flavors.
Taper off your favorite salty or sweet foods. If you are really struggling, try tapering off your crave food. Eat less and less of it over 2 weeks. You may find that your body craves it less and less over time. This isn’t always true, but tapering off can at least help you lower your amount consumed slowly, rather than trying to quit it abruptly, which many people find easier.
Add cinnamon to coffee to sweeten it. Cinnamon is sweet and many people find that it is perfect for coffee to add that extra bit of sweetness without adding sugar. additionally, it can actually help regulate blood sugar!